Monday, October 31, 2011


Hi everyone~This is about as scary as I could find in my file~the cat is pretty cute, not scary!! The paper is by My Mind's Eye and the cute little wooden cat is by Pork Shop Show!! I spritzed with Tattered Angels and added a button and some orange baker's twine  Pretty scary if you ask me:) Boo!!!!!
If you don't do Halloween ~ How about this layout celebrating the coming of fall and cute kids~

I used G.C.D. / Melody Ross paper on this and added some Prima.   I used by my border punches and made the rosette flowers with the Tim Holtz die.  I love orange and black together ~ just gives a "pop" to the layout!!!  Wishing you all either/or ~ A great Halloween or a great fall day!! Be safe and I'll see ya soon for Try It Tuesday!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

so she did~

Hi everyone~this is a project that I did for Epiphany Crafts.  It was on their blog a couple of days ago.  I really enjoyed doing this. I love the saying~kinda of my motto right now. Another gift from The Soul Restoration class I took with Melody Ross.  I used the EC 14 rd button on this project. Rumor has it some new shapes are coming soon from Epiphany Crafts~so cool!!!!  The flowers are felt and I cut them out using a Sizzix die.  The bird cage is Tim Holtz, bingo card  Jenni Bowlin.  I crackled the bingo card using Helmar's Crackle med.  Great stuff!!!  The lettering is by October Afternoon~Have a great weekend and I'll see ya on Monday!
She believed she could so she did......

Friday, October 28, 2011

Epiphany Goodness and X-Acto winners~

Hi everyone~the weekend is here !!! Well almost~love the weekends, hubby usually cooks and that is a good thing!!!!  This is a layout I did for Epiphany Crafts. I used October Afternoon paper and the EC rd 14 bubble cap on this.  I loved scrapbooking the picture of our fall hayride~it was taken at my granddaughters birthday!!

The EC rd 14 bubble cap embellishment~

This paper is by October Afternoon also and I used the same EC rd 14 on this one.  Love the photos and the Jenni Bowlin stamp in the bottom cluster~

I want to thank everyone that left a comment on the X-Acto post and a special thanks to those that re-posted on FB!!! You know who you are ~your name was entered twice.  I assigned a number to the comments and the FB re-posts and these are the winners random. org came up with~


The Gardener said...
                             You sure know your way around an X-acto knife! Lots of good ideas!
                                                                       Sandi said...great ideas once again..never thought of using it to set my alphas but makes great sense...i use mine to cut the foam boards all the like a charm and i'd love to win one of those knives..put me in twice cuz i'm postin on FB...


Please get me your mailing addresses ( my email is in the side bar of my blog) and I will forward your information to X-Acto.  If I don't here back from these winners in a couple of days I will draw new names!!!  Thanks again!!  See ya soon!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The many uses of the X-Acto Knife ~

I was contacted by X-Acto to use their knives and to post the ways I used them.  I started by putting away my scissors and just pretending they did not exist.  I treated the X-Acto knife like my scissors.  What I found was the X-Acto knife does everything that scissors do and more.  Let me show you~

This is a classic cut~using the outside of the image to get the shape of the paper.

Cutting all the way around the image with the X-Acto Retract-A-Blade knife gave me a perfect fit for the inside mat of this tin.

By doing this standard outside cut, made me wonder ~ how about an inside cut.  Will the X-Acto knife cut better than scissors if I need to cut a mat or a frame for a scrapbook page.  Let's see~

I started with a 12 X 12 piece of cardstock weight paper and cut in one inch, so it would make the paper a 11 X11 frame. I started an inch from the top and went all around the 4 sides.

What I found out were the corners were precise and clean~again prefect!!!!  I used the X-Acto Designer Series Gripster craft knife for this demonstration.

This is my, over 20 years, X-Acto knife. You can see it has seen some, major crafty days.  I took the new X-Acto retract-a-blade knife and scrapped my old knife and made it like new again.  I even sharpened the blade with the new knife by scraping the two together. 

Here she is all spit and polished!!!!

This was a fun project and the objective for me was ~ will an X-Acto knife cut duct tape in tight spots?  It did~  I even tried the reverse of the chipboard letter.  Cutting the shape from the empty chipboard space.  The X-Acto knife did not disappoint me~ cut clean even in the tight spots!!!

I used the X-Acto knife to help me add some mini letter stickers to a scrapbook page.  I lined the letters on the blade of the knife and put them down ~ when I didn't get it straight I used the blade to pick up the letter and re-position it. 

X-Acto has also provided me with two prize packs to be given away on my blog~the packet includes:
* Retract-a-Blade knife
* Designer Series Gripster craft knife
* Self-healing mat
Leave me a comment on this thread and tell me what you use your X-Acto knife for. Re-post on FB or Twitter and I will add your name in twice.   I will pick two winners in a few days!!! Please make sure I have a way to contact you.:):)  Thanks for stopping by and see ya soon!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Try It Tuesday~JBS weekend crop and a ****winner****

Hi everyone~I'm going to show the rest of the projects I did this weekend for the Scrap Fest over at Jenni Bowlin Studios and then I will tell you WHO came up with for the box of goodies!!!
So here we go~

This was white space and a sketch was provided for the challenge~Most eveything I used is from Jenni Bowlin Studios.

On this challenge we were shown a picture of home decor and we were to use it as inspiration for a layout.  If you want to see the sketch and the inspiration photo you can go over to JBS and get the scoop.

On this challenge we were to use three or more different product lines.  I used four on this one.

A sketch was provided for this challenge.

On this challenge we were to use the colors red, black and turqouise~
I had such a fun time and it was good to break up my routine!!!
I want to thank everyone again for celebrating with me~we will do it again when I reach fifty thousand:):). I assigned numbers to all of the qualifing comments~some of you got up to three entries, then I ran the total numbers in randon .org  ~ the winner said this:
S said...
Congrats, it should be no surprise that you've reached that milestone - your blog is a great place to visit.

I have more goodies to giveaway in the next few days ~ so hope you will back!!! Have a great Tuesday and see ya soon!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Great weekend crop with Jenni Bowlin Studios~

Over the weekend I did an online crop over at Jenni Bowlin Studios.   There is some serious talent over there!!  The challenges the DT throw out are very unique and make me really try to up my game~there is nothing more I love than a good challenge that challenges me!!! The cards were a challenge to use scraps~just happens to be a favorite thing of mine to do.

This challenge was ~something with a quote on it.  That was a big challenge just finding a quote:):) The one I settled on was from my Soul Restoration Class with Melody Ross!! The quote is ~
"Doing the right thing is never the wrong thing to do"
I still have the Celebration thread going on until Wednesday when I will post a winner of the Crafty Goodies box!! If you haven't entered you still have time.!!! Have a great day and see ya soon for Try It Tuesday!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tags and ladies with Darkroom Door~

Good Saturday morning to all~ I have been doing some work with Darkroom Door, this past month, and would like to share some of it with you!! I used two stamp set to make these tags~the tag set and just your style set.  Great sets to have in your collection for sure!!

On these cards I used the just your style set, the tag set and some Canvas Corp cardstock.  Also the Darkroom Door word strips ~ love those!!  If you would like to see close-ups of theses sets you can go here  Be sure to check out her stamp sets and paper products~they are very unique!!
I still have the Celebration thread going on until Wednesday when I will post a winner of the Crafty Goodies box!!  If you haven't entered you still have time.!!!  Have a great weekend~I'll be over at JBS Scrap Fest doing a weekend crop ~ See ya soon!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Paper Bakery ~October kit is almost sold out!!!

Hi everyone~so glad it is Friday. I'm so looking forward to the weekend!!  My plan is to get lost in my studio and get some serious scrapbooking done!!  This is a layout I did for The Paper Bakery using the fabulous October kit which is almost sold out~ I love all the little goodies in this kit!

The paper is by Jillibean Soup and the cute little chipboard stickers are by Crate Paper

Also in the kit is this crazy fun Halloween print material.  I made a large flower, using the Glubers by Cosmo Cricket, for my purse!  It would look so cute on a trick or treat bag also.

Here is a close up.  Love the orange plaid ribbon ~perfect addition to the October kit!  If you haven't signed up for The Paper Bakery's newsletter you can here and of course the kit too!!
  If you are visiting me today and comment on this post and you are a follower of Crafty Goodies I will add you in the Celebration give~away ~you can read all about it here.  For some of you that will give you two entries and if you did not comment in the orginal post you still can and you will have two entries!!  If you re-post and share my blog link ~let me know and you will get another entry:)  Have a great day and see ya soon!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Celebrating over 25 thousand blog visits~

Come celebrate with me~I'm really celebrating YOU!!! You guys have made that possible.  I started blogging in 2008 .  A really good friend encouraged me along and even set my blog up for me~she even helped out with the name, actually I think she said, " what about Crafty Goodies"  ~ so this is for all my crafty friends, scrappy friends, scrappy family friends, my current followers  and my followers to be~ you know who you are!!!

This box is full to the brim~I have even added more items since I took this picture.  I have 3 Bugs in a Rug, Basic Grey, Daisyd's, American Crafts, Helmar, Crafter's Workshop, Simply Betty, Reminisce, Jillibean Soup, My Minds Eye, Pink Paislee and Clearsnap ~ to name a few!!

My goal is to break 300 followers~so here is the  simple scoop ~If you enjoy my blog become a follower and tell your friends.  If you are already a follower ~yeah!! You get to play too!!
In the comments section leave me a comment tellling me if you are a new follower or that you are following ~if you send someone my way tell me in the comments.  I will plug in the count from the comments section into random .org ~

I enjoy getting to know YOU through the kind words you leave me in the comment section.  Please let me know if you send peeps my way. Thank you~

and last ~ I will run this for  a week and announce a winner next Wednesday.  I will continue making blog post through out the week and will link back to this post at the end.  This is the blog post that will be counted for the box of crafty goodies~ hmmm, this box needs a name and address!!!!  See ya soon~

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Try It Tuesday~Altered Cloths Pins

Time for Try It Tuesday!!!  These are some over sized cloths pins that I altered using Jenni Bowlin pattern papers and the fabulous Helmar adhesive products.  I trimmed the papers and then  sprayed V2 Vellum Adhesive on ~let it set a few minutes and then placed down on the cloths pins.

I followed the same steps when covering the large Jenni Bowlin stars.  I also  added some Prima flowers, Jillibean Soup canvas flower and Epiphany Crafts  round  25 bubble cap.  What is cool is you can have the cloths pin either hang or sit up ~just embellish with that in mind.

I have had some people ask me where I got these large cloths pins and I think it was Tuesday Morning. I know a couple of years ago Kaiser made some (not as big) but they were for altering.  Thanks for stopping by ~I'm up over on Darkroom Door today and would love for you to stop in.  I will be celebrating over 25,000 blog visits in the next couple of days~so I hope you will send your friends over.  I have a large box of goodies going to some lucky winner.  See ya soon!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Paper Bakery's fall banner~

Monday{well almost} is here and I can't wait to show this canvas fall banner I made using The Paper Bakery's October project kit. Everything you need to make this banner~paint, spritz, canvas pieces, paper and so much more.  This kit could easily be made into a mini album ~ so many cute little extras in the kit.

This is where I have mine on the hutch in my dinning area. The papers in the kit are by Crate Paper/Farm House Collection.  The wood lettering is by Pink Paislee and they are adorable!!!  Here are some closeups of the banner~

Run {yes run} over to The Paper Bakery and get your kit.  This kit is very limited. So many of the embellishments are handmade so you will only get them in this kit.  See ya soon for Try It Tuesday!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Award winning with Epiphany Crafts~

Hi everyone~ we are having a great weekend and the weather is so perfect!!! I can't wait for the first cold snap~should be sometime this month~crossing fingers and toes!!!  This is a layout I did for Epiphany Crafts.  I used the EC scallop 25 bubble cap and Jillibean Soup pattern paper.  I love how the scallop bubble cap makes the perfect award embellishment for the layout!!!

Here is a close up of the award embellishments.  I used Helmar 450 to adhere the embellishments to the page. The lettering is by American Crafts. Thanks for stopping by today and had a fabulous weekend. See ya soon!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The new STAR by Epiphany Crafts~

Hi everyone~crazy day but fun day. The little peeps are visiting!  Wanted to share with you this fall layout I did for Epiphany Crafts using the new star 25 bubble cap.  Love, love the star!!!  I used  my favorite manufacture , Jenni Bowlin's pattern papers and embellishments!!!  And then I glued it down with my favorite glue~Helmar's 450 Quick dry.  

And don't you love the camera stamp by Unity ~ I'm also seeing some Jilllibean Soup stick pins and Prima!!!  I love fall and doing these kinds of layouts is getting me ready for some cold weather. 

This is the  Epiphany Crafts flower badge I made to go on my purse   The Epiphany Crafts oval bubble caps fit perfect over the logo that is on the refill packages of bubble caps.  I used Glubers by Cosmo Cricket to make the flower and hold it in place!!  Super fun project!!!  And just a reminder The Paper Bakery is debuting the October kit. I got to work with the add on kit and the project kit~they are both awesome.  Check it out!!!!  See ya soon!